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International action begins today across Europe and Africa

Here's who is involved and where over the next eight days

11 November 2020

This international break sees promotion on the line in the Nations League, the return of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and the climax of Under-21 European Championship Qualifying. Here's a full rundown of who we have playing over the coming days.

Henrik Dalsgaard and Mathias Jensen

Denmark vs Sweden: International Friendly, Brøndby Stadium, Brøndby, Wednesday 11 November, kick-off 6.30pm *

Denmark vs Iceland: Nations League A2, Telia Parken, Copenhagen, Sunday 15 November, 7.45pm **

Belgium vs Denmark: Nations League A2, King Power Stadion At Den Dreef, Leuven, Wednesday 18 November, kick-off 7.45pm **

Back-to-back wins over Iceland and England last month catapulted The Danes into second, just two points behind group leaders Belgium, who they face in what could be a winner-takes-all showdown on the final matchday. With Gareth Southgate's England level on points with Denmark ahead of their games against the same opponents, League A2 is shaping up for a dramatic finish.

Marcus Forss

France vs Finland: International Friendly, Stade de France, Paris, Wednesday 11 November, kick-off 8.10pm

Bulgaria vs Finland: Nations League B4, Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Sunday 15 November, kick-off 5pm

Wales vs Finland: Nations League B4, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wednesday 18 November, kick-off 7.45pm

Finland sit second in their group and have won three of their four games so far, beating Republic of Ireland home and away and Bulgaria but losing to Wales. If they win both games this month, they will be promoted to League A.

Tariqe Fosu

Ghana vs Sudan: Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying, Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Cape Coast, Thursday 12 November, kick-off 4pm

Sudan vs Ghana: Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying, TBC, Tuesday 17 November, 1pm kick-off

Ghana go into their middle set of fixtures top of Group C with six points from six. Third-placed Sudan beat Sao Tome and Principe 4-0 on the opening day but lost 1-0 to South Africa last time out.

Said Benrahma

Algeria vs Zimbabwe: Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying, Stade du 5 Juillet, Algiers, Thursday 12 November, kick-off 7pm

Zimbabwe vs Algeria: Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying, National Sports Stadium, Harare, Monday 16 November, kick-off 1pm

Reigning Champions Algeria also have six from six so far and take on a Zimbabwe side that sit second in Group H after a draw at home to Botswana and victory in Zambia.

Joe Adams

Wales Under-21 vs Moldova: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, Friday 13 November, kick-off 5pm

Germany vs Wales Under-21: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Eintracht-Stadion, Braunschweig, Tuesday 17 November, kick-off 5.15pm

Wales currently sit bottom of Group I with six points from six games. They cannot qualify but victory over Moldova would ensure they don’t finish bottom of their group after this final round of games.

Mads Bech Sorensen

Romania vs Denmark Under-21: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Ilie Oană Stadium, Ploiești, Tuesday 17 November, kick-off 6.30pm **

Denmark secured their passage through to next year’s finals during the October break. They finish their campaign against the second-placed team in Group H, Romania, looking to add gloss to a campaign that has seen them take 25 points from a possible 27.

Josh Dasilva

England Under-21 vs Andorra: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Molineux, Wolverhampton, Friday 13 November, kick-off 7.30pm

England Under-21 vs Albania: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Molineux, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 17 November, kick-off 7.25pm

England are also safely through after seven wins and a draw from eight. Andorra are the only side to take points off the Three Lions this campaign following last month’s 3-3 draw, a game which saw Josh score one and set one up on his first start.

Halil Dervisoglu

Turkey Under-21 vs Austria: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Samsun 19 Mayıs Stadium, Samsun, Friday 13 November, kick-off 5pm

Turkey Under-21 vs Kosovo: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Samsun 19 Mayıs Stadium, Samsun, Tuesday 17 November, kick-off 4pm

Turkey have lost four of their last five and complete their campaign with home games against the sides second and fourth in Group C. A pair of wins could see them finish in a creditable third.

Patrik Gunnarsson and Valgeir Valgeirsson

Iceland Under-21 vs Italy: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Víkingsvelli, Reykjavik, Thursday 12 November, kick-off 1.15pm

Ireland vs Iceland Under-21: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin, Sunday 15 November, kick-off 12.30pm

Armenia vs Iceland Under-21: Under-21 European Championship Qualifying, Wednesday 18 November CANCELLED

Iceland’s situation remains complicated to say the least. Just one point separates the top four in Group A, which includes Iceland and both this month’s opponents, Italy and Ireland. The game against The Azzurri was rescheduled from last month but now their fixture against Armenia, who have three points from eight games is off due to COVID-19 cases in the Armenian camp. With no further international breaks before the Championship Group Stages are held in March, UEFA have currently designated the match, as well as Armenia’s fixture against third-placed Sweden, as cancelled, rather than postponed, meaning both Iceland and Sweden may be given the three crucial points.

Jan Zamburek is on the standby list for Czech Republic Under-21s European Championship Qualifier against Greece on Friday while Ellery Balcombe is on standby for England’s Under-21s.

* It was announced over the weekend that anyone arriving from Denmark into the UK will have to quarantine, professional athletes are not excluded from this quarantine. As such, the Denmark squad has been updated for the match on Wednesday and will not include Henrik and Mathias.

** The Danish association is still in conversation over the situation for their two Nations League games still to come this international break. Mads Bech Sørensen was also due to link up with the Denmark Under-21 squad and the same restrictions above apply.


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